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Oxford Castle & Prison explores the 1000-years of Oxford's History. Led by one of our costumed characters, the rich history of the castle with a prison at its heart will be revealed to you. Climb St. George's Tower and take in the stunning views...more
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46 Oxford Castle New Road | Oxford Castle Quarter, Oxford OX1 1AY, England
+44 1865 260666
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All reviews guided tour period costume malmaison hotel great tour spiral staircase worth a visit worth the climb interesting history interesting visit great visit come alive couple of hours mound dolls tower character matilda
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Reviewed today

Large grassy mound next to County Hall with good transport from the Park and Ride. After visiting go shopping at the many outlets in Oxford City Centre

Thank Ian-Jacki
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We were staying at the Malmaison to celebrate my husband's 30th birthday as he is very interested in old castles and prisons. (Which as a guest of Malmaison you are entitled to a 25% discount on the tour- Although, we were not told this until...More

Thank lauradora2014
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Oxford Prison is an imposing old building dating back to late 12th Century/early 13th Century. The transformation from a prison to a hotel is a mixture of old and new, retaining many features of its not so pleasant past. Whether a tourist or staying in...More

Thank Paul C
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Booked a last minute tour with friends to Oxford castle. Was well worth the money and Robin our tour guide was great.

Thank Nikki W
Reviewed yesterday

This is a great place, half of the former prison is a museum the other half a fancy hotel. A tour guide takes you round on an informative talk. You can also get access to the tower and the Hill which affords you a brilliant...More

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Reviewed yesterday

We thoroughly enjoyed our tour of Oxford Castle and prison. our guide (Prisoner Oliver) was very knowledgeable but never boring. We learnt about life in the Castle before it became a prison, and also about life for prisoners, including some of the cruel Victorian punishments,...More

Thank Gillian K
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Great tour lots of fun and our tour guide Molly kept us thoroughly entertained throughout.Numbers were small which was nice as the tour runs regularly,a worth while trip whilst in Oxford!

Thank Leah C
RebeccaC5097, Guest Experience Duty Manager at Oxford Castle & Prison, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Hi Leah! It's so good to hear that Molly gave a good experience and that you enjoyed your tour! Thanks so much for endorsing us!

Reviewed 5 days ago

My visit here was rather unprompted; my sister took me to Oxford for some sightseeing with a vague plan to visit the castle, and ended up on this guided tour around the prison. With no particular expectations, it was a good experience. The tour guide...More

Thank Anjum A
RebeccaC5097, Guest Experience Duty Manager at Oxford Castle & Prison, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Hi Sheikh, we're so glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit and found the tour and site interesting! Thanks for reviewing!

Reviewed 1 week ago

absolutley brilliant and fascintaing tour of the old castle and prison, Alistair was our fantastic guide and full of intersting amd amozing facts. Learned heaps of history, very good value for money.

Thank simmyfinch
RebeccaC5097, Guest Experience Duty Manager at Oxford Castle & Prison, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Hi! We're so happy to hear that Alistair gave such a good experience and that you enjoyed your time with us so much! Thanks so much for reviewing!

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

At first I didn’t like that guided tour was only option to visit the castle. But it turned out to be great. We spent an hour there. Rob ,our guide , walked and talked us through the castle and the history of Oxford. Thank you...More

Thank biletska
RebeccaC5097, Guest Experience Duty Manager at Oxford Castle & Prison, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Hi! It's so good to hear that despite your reservations, you ended up having a good time! We're really happy to hear Rob gave such a good tour- thank you for endorsing us!

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lil d
November 17, 2016|
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Response from Michelle G | Reviewed this property |
There were about three children under 5 on the tour I went on and the guide made it entertaining for them, so I'm sure your children will enjoy it!
October 3, 2016|
Response from neetylou |
according to the web site yes
lisa m
August 28, 2016|
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Response from Anne A | Reviewed this property |
The guides are all dressed as the personalities of the time. I don't recall mannequins